|Coordinates: Coordinates: Unknown argument format
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Patrice Philippe|
|Area1||5.56 km2 (2.15 sq mi)|
|• Density||220/km2 (560/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||76081 / 76370|
|Elevation||0–110 m (0–361 ft)
(avg. 104 m or 341 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
After his release from Reading prison, Oscar Wilde came to stay at Berneval in June 1897. He was accompanied by his friend (and future literary executor), the Canadian journalist, art critic and art dealer Robert Ross. André Gide met him at the Hotel de la Plage (destroyed during the Second World War). Here, Wilde wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
On the morning of 19 August 1942, the beach at Berneval was one of the landing locations of the Anglo-Canadian raid on Dieppe. No. 3 Commando landed on "Yellow 1", the beach of Petit Berneval, but got stuck at the top of the cliffs, unable to fulfil their mission. Most were killed or captured, only one managed to escape by swimming back to the boats. Those who landed on "Yellow 2", at the Fond de Belleville, crossed the fields and attacked the gun emplacements, preventing the German gunners aiming at the beaches of Dieppe where the bulk of the landings took place. They all were able to escape by the same route and return to Newhaven.
|The arms of Berneval-le-Grand are blazoned :
Azure, a pale lozengy argent and gules, between, in bend 2 garbs of wheat Or, and in bend sinister 2 ships argent.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
Places of interest
- The church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt, as was most of the village, after World War II.
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